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Call for volunteer caretakers for Maatsuyker Island

09/12/2016

The Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking volunteer caretakers for the coming two years on the remote and spectacular Maatsuyker Island in Tasmania's south-west.More

Update on work to restore access to flood-affected sites

23/11/2016

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is continuing repair work to restore access to sites affected by the June flood event.More

Maria Island ferry service will unlock tourism opportunities

22/11/2016

The Tasmanian Government has secured a new, year-round regular passenger ferry service to Maria Island National Park, which will help the island fulfil its potential to be one of the state's best tourism attractions.More

Before You Walk - Essential Bushwalking Guide

When to go


Many people walk during the main holiday period, December to February. On popular tracks, try to depart mid-week during these summer months to avoid crowding. On the Overland Track, the booking system and one-way walking has made the experience much less crowded than in the past.

Away from the peak summer season, there’s less pressure on campsites and huts – and the weather in spring and autumn can still be delightful for walking.

Summer (December–February)

Daylight lasts longer and you can expect warm weather – well, at least some of the time. Days of 30° C are possible, but be warned – in alpine regions, snow can fall at any time of the year, so you need to be prepared for sun, wind, rain and snow. Summer is also the peak visitor period – the more popular routes will be busy.

Autumn (Mar–May)

Autumn’s calm, mild days are great for walking. The golden-orange autumn colours of the deciduous beech Nothofagus gunnii – also known as ‘Fagus’ – make autumn a delight in alpine areas like the Overland Track and Mt Field. Fagus is Tasmania’s only deciduous tree – it usually changes colour around the Anzac Day holiday (April 25) and holds its colour into May.

Winter (Jun–Aug)

Winter days are cold, but can often be crisp and clear, especially in the morning. In the highlands, expect snow. You’ll need all your warm, windproof and waterproof gear. The days are short and deep snow can make walking difficult. Be prepared to be holed up during blizzards, sometimes for days.

Spring (Sept–Nov)

Spring in Tasmania brings fresh winds and showers of rain. River levels may be high. Don’t risk crossing swollen rivers – it’s safer to wait until levels drop.

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